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Poem: "Winged Destiny" by Kestrels_nest
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From: siliconshaman Date: October 24th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
And this geneticist is grinning broadly, 'cos that's something we've known about for years, but the vast mass of people have happily ignored.

There's all sorts of population sub-group markers we can test for, which pop-up in some unexpected places. For example, there would be some tribes of native Canadian and North American Indians with grey-gull wings and some with raven wings for a start...and a number of Chinese people with whatever wings those of Italian descent have. [thanks to a lost Roman legion.] And more than a few white Aussie folks with Kookaburra wings I'd imagine.

Although, I wonder what people in that world would make of someone with really weird wings... like bat wings for example. [Comments about goths and Dracula probably.]
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: October 24th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the Australians would throw up more than kookaburras. We have an awful lot of parrots.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 24th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I'd expect cockatoos as well as kookaburras. Note that in the first poem, "The Wingdresser's Kitchen," the wings mapped to tribe, not continent or race. Australia's background includes a great many tribes. I'd expect that wings would usually follow groups of closely related people: tribes, clans, large families, etc. Also people are probably citing the prevailing wing type for a given tribe; within that, a certain family might have a different type, or an individual might have wings that nobody else seems to have.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: October 24th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Not just the cockatoos, rosellas and lorikeets.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 28th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Those are all in "Like a Cocky on a Biscuit Tin" now.
From: Dell Jacko Date: December 7th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I wonder - what would emu wings look like on a human? (All the flightless bird possibilities are beginning to fascinate me - kiwis, cassowaries and so on. I know that people with moa wings did come up in one of these poems, but I'm having a hard time visualising it.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 28th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I agree. Also there were/are many different tribes, so they're likely to show different birds.
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